When Joshua Lewis began recording Too Soft, he set out on a path of experimentation and self-fulfillment, chasing whatever flight of fancy came his way. He would tweak the placement of a vintage microphone, tinker with his analog recording setup, or chop away at an acoustic chord pattern without thinking about an eventual audience. The vocal melodies that flitted into his mind were a surreal blend of lived experience and dream. “It was all about discipline and motivation to make the best possible thing I was capable of, striving for perfection and doing what I love,” Lewis explains. But drawing from the same emotional wellspring as influences such as Harry Nilsson and George Harrison, the Boise-based songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/engineer’s experimentation resulted in a preternaturally beguiling golden dawn that somehow feels already well worn in the listener’s heart.